excitement

noun
ex·​cite·​ment | \ ik-ˈsīt-mənt How to pronounce excitement (audio) \

Definition of excitement

1 : something that excites or rouses
2 : the action of exciting : the state of being excited

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Examples of excitement in a Sentence

Our excitement was building as the end of the game approached. His hands shook with excitement. The child cried out in excitement. a trip filled with excitement and adventure She talked about the excitements of her new life. This job loses its excitement after a while.
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On Twitter, the overwhelming response was not hope and excitement over Facebook’s ability to introduce you to your soul mate, but rather dread and skepticism over the social network’s expansion into such an intimate endeavor. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "Facebook’s new dating feature: Your burning questions, answered," 5 Sep. 2019 Almost immediately, our trip went from excitement to disaster. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Parents deal with troubling situation admirably in the moment, but now what?," 25 July 2019 Almost immediately, our trip went from excitement to disaster. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Family vacation leads to traumatic incident," 25 July 2019 Almost immediately, our trip went from excitement to disaster. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Upsetting contact on family vacation," 24 July 2019 These scenarios, which also affect racing in the mountains, are a real problem for organizers who need to maintain the excitement over a three-week period. Samuel Petrequin, SFChronicle.com, "Technology beating romanticism at Tour de France," 16 July 2019 Just as bogus stem cell clinics profit off the potential of regenerative medicine research (and blinding people in the process), probiotic makers are exploiting excitement over the microbiome and getting ahead of the data. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "New York Times falls for “obesity probiotic” hype," 5 July 2019 Her diary entry indicated losing a few friendships and excitement over Christmas coming. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "She wrote about him in her fifth-grade diary. Now she's marrying him — in a $25,000 wedding they won.," 3 July 2019 The drop in wait times was a happy side effect to the overwhelming fan excitement over the opening of the $1 billion Star Wars expansion. Dallas News, "Why this is the best time in years to visit Disneyland," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of excitement

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of excitement was in 1604

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excitement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of excitement

: a feeling of eager enthusiasm and interest : the state of being excited
: exciting activity
: a quality that causes feelings of eager enthusiasm : an exciting quality

excitement

noun
ex·​cite·​ment | \ ik-ˈsīt-mənt How to pronounce excitement (audio) \

Kids Definition of excitement

1 : something that stirs up feelings of great enthusiasm and interest The game was filled with excitement.
2 : a feeling of great enthusiasm and interest : the state of being excited The children squealed in excitement.

excitement

noun
ex·​cite·​ment | \ -ˈsīt-mənt How to pronounce excitement (audio) \

Medical Definition of excitement

1 : the act of exciting
2 : the state of being excited: as
a : aroused, augmented, or abnormal activity of an organism or functioning of an organ or part
b : extreme motor hyperactivity (as in catatonic schizophrenia or bipolar disorder)

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